When your life flashes in front of you, will the movie be a blockbuster? Will your friends shake their heads, or celebrate your unbelievable good fortune and call you lucky as they watch the long session of incredible mornings, adventurous afternoons, and stunning evenings playing on the screen?
Each January, I perform a ritual, an exercise that doesn’t require breaking a sweat, straining a muscle, or paying for a gym membership. The activity requires a pen, paper, and boundless imagination. I envision my perfect day, an hourly accounting starting the moment I wake and ending when I fall asleep. Imagining multiple versions takes little effort, besides, reliving the same day would be boring. They do have one thing in common. Each is amazing. I fill them with adventure, joy, and the people, places, and things that make my heart sing.
My detailed scenarios enlightened me. They revealed straightforward changes and obvious additions I can incorporate today to move me closer to making the impossible dream a reality. A daily walk, designing my fabulous office space, and even developing my writing habit, are easy tasks to add to my to-do list. My imagined lineup reveals what is important to me and provides challenges and goals to work towards. I realize by incorporating minor alterations and daring to do what others won’t, my reward is living in a way most mortals can’t.
What happens on your perfect day?
Keep on writing.
Jo Hawk The Writer